Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2 now available, lets check out the features
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Samsung has just released a bigger and slightly better version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which is of course is a 7-inch tablet and runs the latest version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
With Samsung’s newest addition to its tablet family, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will have three more inches of screen real-estate for a total of 10.1-inches. Along with a larger screen size and slightly better screen resolution, you will also get more storage capacity if you end up going with the 10.1 instead of the 7.0 Galaxy Tab 2.
Samsung has also decided to change the placement of the speakers for better sound quality. The speakers on the new Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will now face you and are on both the left and right sides of the screen.
The specifications of this second generation Galaxy tab are not as impressive when compared to other more expensive tablets. Instead, Samsung is shooting for a more low-to-mid range tablet with an affordable price tag to attract its customers.
Here are the full specs of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:
- 10.1-inch display with a 1280 x 800-pixel resolution
- 16GB of internal storage
- built-in IR blaster for controlling your TV channels
- microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage
- 3-megapixel rear-facing camera
- dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz
- front-facing VGA camera for video chats
- Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Samsung’s latest edition of TouchWiz
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will set you back $399.99, which is currently the same price as the ASUS Transformer Pad and the Apple iPad 2. Would you choose the new Samsung 10.1 Galaxy tab 2 over the Transformer or iPad tablet? Let us know down below.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2
The Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 is the other device Samsung has released. If your interested in an Android device that is smaller than a tablet and will fit easily in your pocket, you might be interested in this device.
This Android device has all the features of an Android smartphone, its basically a Galaxy S smartphone but without the phone. Samsung is hoping the Galaxy 4.2 Player will be an iPod competitor by pricing it at $199.99. It will feature a 4.2-inch LCD screen and will be powered by a single-core 1GHz processor.
The WiFi only device has 8GB of internal storage, which is a small amount of storage when compared to Apple’s iPod Touch. But The Galaxy Player does feature a memory card slot for support of up to 32Gb of memory, this feature is something iPod Touch fans can only dream of having.
Unfortunately the Galaxy Player 4.2 will only be running on Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” and Samsung currently has no plans to upgrading the PMP to Android’s latest operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich.
While Samsung’s decision not to support ICS 4.0 is somewhat of a let down, it shouldn’t be too much of a big deal, unless you're the type that needs to have the latest mobile operating system. Most Android smartphone devices are currently still running Gingerbread and most of the apps on Google Play will still support the Galaxy Player 4.2 for some time to come.
One feature that really stands out with the new Galaxy Player 4.2 and what might be its biggest selling point, is that it can connect via Bluetooth to any phone and act as a headset. So if you have a dumb-phone or say even a big Samsung Galaxy Note, you will be able to use the Galaxy Player to answer your phone calls instead of pulling out your “Un-cool” or big ass phone to talk on.
Here is the full specs of the new Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2:
- single-core 1GHz processor
- 2-megapixel camera on the back
- VGA camera on the front for video chat
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and an FM radio
- 8GB of internal memory storage
- Memory card slot, supports cards up to 32GB
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 doesn’t have the latest Android OS and Dual/Quad-Core processor, its still a great iPod Touch alternative. If you're looking for something outside the iTunes ecosystem, this device would be a great option for the low price tag it carries.
While both the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Galaxy Player 4.2 are not so impressive with their specifications, the prices are. Seems like Samsung is trying to win over some customers with more affordable Android devices.
Would you be interested in lower prices with mid range specs on your tablet or PMP? Are you thinking of getting one of these? Leave your thoughts down below.
*Here are the best places I found where you can purchase both the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Player 4.2:
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 1Ghz Android 4.0 Dual-Core Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi)
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 (YP-GI1CB/XAA)
SAMSUNG 4.2" Black 8GB Galaxy Player 4.2 YP-GI1CB
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